Sa/Guccione Capture Nottingham Doubles Crown
Andre Sa and Chris Guccione beat the top two seeds in Nottingham for the title
Chris Guccione and Andre Sa capped a fine week at the Aegon Nottingham Open Saturday.
The Australian-Brazilian tandem defeated second seeds Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero 6-2, 7-5 in 64 minutes for their first ATP World Tour team title.
Guccione and Sa split €32,560 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.
“It means a lot, it means that we’re doing something right,” said Sa. “We started this partnership this year so to come out already after a few tournaments together with a title is special. I think we played really well and we’ve been playing really well the last few months. I think we’re working pretty hard and deserve this title right now.”
“It’s always great to win a title,” added Guccione. “It’s great to get that breakthrough and it’s also good for the ranking.”
They stormed into a 3-0 lead, and clinched the 22-minute opener with their second service break. Both teams exchanged breaks early in the second set, but Guccione and Sa were finally able to convert their third match point opportunity. They also took out top seeds Marcel Granollers and Leander Paes in the quarter-finals.
Guccione is now 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals, which also includes grass court titles at Newport in 2010 and 2014. Sa clinched his first on mown lawns, improving to 9-15 overall.
Cuevas and Marrero won just 26 per cent of their second service points. They shared €17,110 and head to London with 150 points. Cuevas is now 5-6 lifetime in finals, while Marrero is 12-12.